Many football fans enjoy having a bet each and every weekend and there are now thousands of leagues around the world which are priced up by online bookmakers. A major reason for the sport’s popularity is the unpredictable nature of the game with many unexpected twists and turns taking place throughout the 90 minutes. These unlikely outcomes may be enjoyable for the neutral but they are bad news for punters and there have been many betting slips scuppered by a last minute equaliser against the run-of-play. We take a look at four factors which should be considered before placing any wager and these can hopefully be used to improve your football betting.
Don’t Bet on a Game Just Because it’s on TV
Broadcasters tend to choose their matches with very little consideration for the travelling fans and fixtures are usually selected with audience numbers in mind. This means that some sides get on TV more often than others but seeing them on a regular basis doesn’t necessarily make it easier to predict the outcome of their matches. With hundreds of games priced up by online bookmakers each and every day, there are now a wealth of options and it is always advised to look beyond the televised game as there could be value lurking elsewhere. Some sides are just simply unreliable and should be avoided even when playing in front of the TV cameras. It may also be more enjoyable to watch a televised match without worrying about your wager.
Try to Avoid Games With New Managers
The “New Manager Bounce” may be a bit of a cliche but it is something to take extremely seriously when placing a bet. Darren Moore replaced Alan Pardew on a temporary basis at West Brom and the Baggies beat Manchester United at Old Trafford under his tutelage. A team with very little cohesion or goalscoring ability can suddenly find their feet under a new manager and it’s always best to avoid writing them off. Coaches taking charge for the first time often have the ability to spring a surprise and ruin an otherwise impeccable accumulator.
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Momentum is Key
Some sides are perennial slow-starters whilst other teams simply find their feet halfway through the season. Momentum is absolutely essential in football with recent examples including Millwall’s 17-match unbeaten run in the Championship and Fulham’s unbelievable run of form which has seen them drop just eight points between December and May. The Cottagers are 5/6 in the Championship football betting markets to achieve promotion to the Premier League and particularly in the play-offs, it’s always advisable to stick with the sides who have momentum coming into the game.
Some Sides Are Built for Playing Away
Picking sides to win on their travels isn’t always easy but away wins do tend to occur relatively often. Some sides are set up to absorb pressure and play on the counter-attack and even if they don’t manage to collect all three points, they can be backed on the Draw No Bet or Double Chance markets. Gillingham have avoided relegation in League One despite having comfortably the worst home record in the division. Steve Lovell’s side have claimed eight of their 12 wins on the road this season and have performed admirably away from the Priestfield. They are compact on their travels and aren’t easy to break down, which can often frustrate the hosts and annoy the vocal home support. These kinds of well-organised sides should never be written off away from home and there are many different markets which will favour the visitors.
There are plenty of other factors to consider in order to regularly turn a profit but if you can bear these four things in mind when placing football bets, it should help eliminate some of those disappointing losses throughout the season.